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Towa Mowa Cafe’s Dessert Aesthetic

Nowadays cafes in Japan can’t get by with just word of mouth; you need every post, like and share on Instagram to drive it into everyone’s desires. And with a presence and aesthetic like that, Towa Mowa’s been doing a great job at making it the place to go to. (That’s how it worked for me anyway)

They have the cutest entrance! I had to take it with a fisheye lens up close that day because it was right in front of the road and I didn’t really want to stand it the middle of it. But I kind of like how it’s puffing out at you with all its different little doors.

Inside is just a lot of cute food. They don’t serve any main meals so it’s pretty much all desserts and drinks. Perfect for tea timeI had the seasonal sweets plate the first time I went, so I got an extremely attractive cherry tart with ice cream on the side.

And a latte, which of course they had to make adorable too.

Both times I’ve been to Towa Mowa it was never crowded because I went on a weekday before school, so I always got to take my time with my dessert. The space there is like its own warm, airy bubble, so everyone just kind of sits around enjoying their own peace.

The second time I had the chocolate gateauWith a big cookie perched on a dollop of chocolate cream and a little pot of raspberry sauce on the side. Like the cake wasn’t already good enough—they had to stack it up and turn into a work of art that I spent five minutes taking pictures of.

I had an ice cream float to go with that one. What a classicEveryone around me was sipping as these bright drinks (their melon sodas are a shocking green) and it just felt very summery at that moment.

Another cafe crossed off the list! I actually have a whole bunch of them I want to go to, thanks to Instagram and the power of circulation. Half my time is spent scrolling up and down potential places I want to visit, and the other half goes to actually finding them. You get real gems out of it sometimes, like this one, so it’s fun to sort of window shop for cafes.

Smiley Omurice

This blog isn’t dead! And neither am I! Which is a surprise, considering how much finals ravaged the last weeks of the semester. But anyway that’s all done with, so I’m ready for summer vacation

Recently I’ve been really into making omurice. When I didn’t have time to go out and eat I’d just get out the pan at home and toss in a bunch of eggs and rice. It isn’t complicated—literally omelette and rice—and it’s even fun. For every artist there are sketchbooks, canvases, doodle pads…and then there’s a nice yellow omelette with a big surface for drawing in ketchup. Nutrition and entertainment all in one.

Now I really want to have people and just cook omurice for them and draw different faces.

And then this was the day I wanted to eat pancakes but couldn’t have any so put a square of butter on a bun and made it look like pancakes instead. I actually thought I was being pretty innovative with this one. But then it made me think I definitely want to eat pancakes.

I mean I do have time now, but then so do a few million other school kids on summer break. So we’ll see

Anyway I’m sorry I have to resort to just showing you pictures of my breakfast and lunch at home…I haven’t been going out recently so there hasn’t been much I could showBut I’m going to take a break now and hopefully rake in the good stuff. Watch this space!!

The Biggest Sandwiches in Tokyo

…or at least, the biggest I’ve ever had.

Have you ever seen a bigger chunk of scrambled eggs in between two slices of bread? They even managed to squeeze long beans and a flower. This is now my favourite sandwich, by the wayThe eggs were so fluffy and compact at the same time I fell in love. Don’t even get me started on how satisfying it was to get it all in one big block.

These are all from Potasta—they’re a sandwich specialty shop with three branches in Tokyo, and they have the best variety of sandwich fillings I’ve seen. I mean, I never knew I could have chocolate cake in a sandwich. It seems ridiculous and it is; it works ridiculously well. It was like having dessert in handheld form.

But most of their sandwiches are still of the savoury sort. They’re so creative with the combinations that sometimes I eat one and get blown away by the genius of it. Like this curry potato and lettuce one I got the other day. There were small cubes of tofu and bamboo shoots wedged even between and as crowded as that sounds, it was just like one big delicious party.

They’re all pretty healthy in general, though some of them can tip over the scale a little. Back in spring I had this carrot overload of a sandwich and I have to say I regretted it a bit, because I’m not a carrot person by nature and I hadn’t expected there to be so much of it. There were supposed to be scrambled eggs, but before I got to eat them they were already eaten by the carrots occupying most of the sandwich.

Another case of extreme nutrition! I don’t even think I have that much lettuce in my usual salad. But I still like lettuce better than carrots anyway, and those eggs are a saviour. Even when they’re squashed down to the bottom of the sandwich they’re the only part I remember.

I’d never thought of having beans in my sandwich. And I think for my first time this massive amount of beans was a bit much, but it was still a super interesting flavour. I’m a texture girl so this was right up my alley, but side note to myself: do not eat after eating a whole other sandwich right before. This big bean number is so filling it could take up a whole meal. I just love how solid it is.

Another favouriteThe white chocolate part came in these biscuit wafers, so it added an extra crunch that I really appreciated in all that mashed pumpkin. This was a sweet flavour, so I had at it as another sort of chunky dessert. Easily one of my favourites, and not at all messy to eat [side eyes lettuce sandwich].

As you might tell from all the pictures I’ve posted, I’ve become a fan of Potasta by now. It’s so fun looking at the different flavours they have, and they actually do make a good lunch. Hefty and healthy. What’s not to love?! Plus if you have a sweet tooth like me you can splurge one of their sweet sandwiches, so it all works out great.

All Smiles at All C’s Cafe

Would you believe I found a cafe that wasn’t crowded on a Sunday afternoon?

Yeah, I really struck gold with this one. Sunday afternoons are the peak hour for cafes when everyone is out and about for lunchtime. But I found All C’s Cafe in Koenji and it readily welcomed me into its small, peaceful space. I liked it so much I stayed for dessert, which was the cutest plate of roll cake I’d ever had.

Everything about this place was adorable, from the food to the staff to the cafe decor. They even had a big ice cream cone standing outside. Recently I’ve been seeing a lot of cafes that are all about being cool and trendy (or if I’m going to go there, hipster), so finding this cafe that’s just so unabashedly cute in everything they do was extremely refreshing.

I mean, they just won’t stop drawing smiley faces in everything! That’s how you make a non-caffeine drinker drink caffeine. If a latte’s this cute then I’m going to make myself drink itSeriously speaking though, I feel like recently I’ve been able to drink lattes to the point that I sort of enjoy them. The milk and extra sugar cubes I dump in probably help some, but still. I’m getting there.

They also had regular food, like this great big chunky bowl of veggies and rice and fish. So healthyIt doesn’t look much, but it was a huge portion and took me a good half hour to chow that all down. Plus look at that little green elf standing by my bowl. That’s a bell and you use it to call for the staff. I loved ringing this elf so much just for the sake of shaking him by his tiny hat.

And this bear was sitting at my table the whole time. There’s a whole family of them lying around the cafe, so it makes the space feel a lot fullerIt just makes my day to come to a place like this that’s so full of joy and childish fun. I need a break from being an adult even though I’ve just barely started haha.

I want to start the second half of the year with more smiles

Saying goodbye to ℃-ute and my childhood

It’s rare for me to talk about things like this, but let’s do it!

℃-ute! My favourite girl group of all time and one that I’ve followed for nearly ten years. I first discovered them when I was in my first year of secondary school, so it’s pretty odd to think about how much time has passed since that one random song I stumbled on that got me into them. The members are all around my age and it kind of felt like I was growing up together with them, awkward stages and all.

I vaguely knew it would happen someday but at the same time I never thought about them disbanding until they announced that they would this year, after working for 12 years.

So two weeks ago I went to their final concert! And cried. A lot(In my defence so were a lot of people, least of all the girls themselves) My friend Reira and I went together, and I’m really glad I did because we became such good friends through our common love for these groups in the first place. Being together made the day a lot easier to survive too—we took the first train out and began queueing at the venue from 6am for goods lolIt was hardcore and I got completely roasted in the outdoors.

That was my first time ever seeing my favourite group live, and the last time. Obviously I wish I could’ve had the opportunity to see them in person much earlier…but at the same time, I’m also sort of glad that this became my one and only live memory of them. ℃-ute disbanded at their peak, so I think I saw the very best of them at the end.

I cried a lot but they weren’t so much from sadness as they were from being moved by the sheer power of their performances. Also, have you ever been to a concert in Japan? No cell phones, no recording. Just fans and their light sticks and coordinated cheers. It’s a truly magnificent organised chaos and I love it. Goosebumps! I highly recommend it

There’s something about seeing artistes you admire so much in person. There’s something else about watching your childhood come to life for a fleeting moment. I spent my school years watching them, listening to them and occasionally trying to be like them (honestly if it weren’t for ℃-ute I would still be walking around in sweatpants and a centre parting).

Watching this group disband was a little like watching a part of my childhood disappear. But as hard as that is, seeing them move on gave me some motivation to grow up too. So like I said in my last post, I’m going to properly focus on what I like to do

At the end of it, I’m just really glad that I had something I could love and enjoy so much. ℃-ute is always going to remain my favourite

Turning 22!

I turned another year older on June 16! Right in the middle of the year. I’ve always liked how neat that was. Anyway! So I’m 22 now. It’s more awareness than actualisation; there isn’t any real difference except that with every year older I get, I think more and more about what I really want to do. Getting there slowly

I was 16 when I started this blog. It’s kind of embarrassing to read the kind of stuff I wrote back then (I don’t recommend it), but at the same time it’s fun seeing all the differences and also what’s stayed the same.

Like how I’m still drinking fruit juice at restaurants…just in fancy wine glasses. I may grow inevitably older but my love for mango will never die.

This was at the beautiful place my (even more) beautiful friend took me to for dinner (check out her blog!) and it topped anything I’d ever expected for my birthday. Literally, it was way up at the top of the building in front of the Tokyo Skytree.

 

Even the appetisers came arranged on a mini Tokyo Skytree! The nicest, loftiest dinner place I’d ever been to. It was the 31st floor, but I was over the moonConversations and food under the lights in front of the tallest tower in Japan…that was a truly great scene. And everything till then just swelled up into one big mass of happiness. For lack of a better word.

To the friends who wrote me cards, gave me flowers, let me eat my favourite cakes or just simply thought of me in some way—my heart is so full because of you

So. Twenty-two! My goals are cheesy but important. I want to grow up and be less shy, more daring to show the friends around me how much I love them. To smile at people more and be brave about it. I’m so cautious I always end up expressing how I really feel in a long roundabout way (that the message kind of gets lost halfway through), but I’m going to try harder now.

And well the other goal is to study hard I guessAlready almost halfway through university life!

One last thing—I want to be able to blog more intimately and candidly like I used to when I was 16 and just wanted to share with people about my day. I don’t know when I started becoming less carefree about blogging and just churning out post after post about cafe reviews; I enjoy that, but I also miss being a little more personal with myself. A long time ago I made this space online for myself, so I’m going to use it as much as I can!

Thank you for coming to this blog.

Mugimaru 2: Steamed Buns in a Secret Alley

More hidden places! I’m starting to spend my free time just digging these up around Tokyo.

I found this place called Mugimaru 2—a tiny cafe along a narrow alley in Kagurazaka that serves traditional manju.  Lots of flavours and lots of fillings; they’re all handmade by the lady owner and delivered to you straight from the steamer.

The first time I actually walked right past because I didn’t see the entrance shrouded in all that ivy. How’s that for a hidden spot?! It was kind of like a treehouse, but on the ground. What a mysterious feel. You can’t even go inside without crouching so you don’t hit the low door frame.

But once you’re inside it’s a real gem of a placeEverything’s cosy and worn out, with lots of knick-knacks spilling out everywhere. The owner decorates the space with things she received from customers, so it was fun thinking about where it all came from. There’s supposed to be a cat too, apparently, but it wasn’t there that day I went.

This is my favourite bit! A Mount Fuji wall panel, plus a little round table and cushions to make you feel like you’re having tea by Mount Fuji haha.

Like I said last week, the ice cream cravings are starting for real. I’ll trade up my usual tea for a matcha float if it means getting a big scoop of soft serve ice cream in it. The debate is, do I eat my ice cream before it melts or the manju before they get cold?

I ate the ice cream first. But even though the manju did cool off a little while waiting they were still soft and fluffy with some warmth left in the thick bean paste. I just really love anything sweet and squishable. Plus I got a good combination of flavours—uguisu bean paste and chocolate.

I haven’t had this much fun coming to a cafe in a while. Mostly because there weren’t any other customers, so it just felt like I was at home surrounded by plants and rugs and the smell of buns steaming in kitchen downstairs. It’s not the most pristine or modern of interiors, but it’s full of soulI mean, those cracks in the paint don’t come without years of history.


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